Fully developed as a new beach tourist destination in the country, the Mergui archipelago is a set of approximately 800 islands located in southern Myanmar, in the middle of the Andaman Sea, next to the Thai border. The city of reference is Kawthaung, from which there are always direct flights with Yangon, and it is also easy to cross to the neighbouring Thai province of Ranong. The area offers small and exclusive new resorts that have unspoilt beaches with turquoise blue waters and offers the possibility to rent a luxury yacht to explore all its corners, including incredible sands, and Small villages inhabited by local ethnic groups.
Hpa An, the capital of Kayin State, is located on the east bank of the river Thanlwin, around 270 kilometers from Yangon. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with rice fields, rubber trees and giant mountains. We recommend a 2 hour walk to the top of Mount Zwegabin, 725 meters above sea level and from which some great views of the city can be enjoyed. This area of Burma is also famous for its caves. A visit to the Kawgone cave decorated with thousands of Buddha images is also recommended.For mountain lovers, Hpa An is a great extension. It can be combined with a visit to Golden Rock as the city is only about 2 hours away from Mount Kyaiktiyo.
The unique and historic Putao is considered the most important town in Northern Myanmar. Putao is located within the Kachin state and built at the foot of the world’s highest mountain range, the Himalayas. Access by road is virtually impossible, so it is necessary to arrive by plane from Mandalay with a 15 minutes technical scale in Myitkina every Tuesday and Friday. The biggest interest in the area lies in its natural landscapes and mountains and above all, the possibilities as a destination for adventure, based on the Malikha Lodge. Likewise there is a great variety of ethnic minorities, mostly Lisu and Yawar, who have lived there for hundreds of years, when the area was called, “Hkamti Long”, which in the local language means, “Great Place of Gold”..
Also known as Thibaw, Hsipaw is a town in Shan State, on the banks of the river Duthawadi. It is located just 200 kilometers northwest of Mandalay. To reach Hsipaw, we recommend taking a local train, to cross the viaduct Goteik. The bridge was built in 1899 and completed in 1900 so the British Empire could expand its influence in the region. The area produces some of the best local fruits, like orange, pineapple, watermelon, dragon fruit… The area has beautiful rice paddies and fruit plantations. Trekking will reveal the Palaung tribes that live in the mountains and are mainly engaged in the cultivation of tea.
Capital of Kayah state, the smallest state in Myanmar where there is great ethnic diversity. It´s an authentic extension where few tourists arrive. In this place up to eight etnics live keeping old legends and customs whith a different lifestyle compared with otrher burman cities. Among this etnics it finds the Kayan ethnic and their known girafffe women. Viewpoint of the seven lakes, King Christ Cathedral or the Thiri Mingalarpon Kyaung monastery are somo of the essential places to visit in Loikaw